16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
A copy of a patient's prescription is provided at the patient's request. The contact lens market has leveled in price, thereby making price shopping less relevant. With a printed prescription, a patient could purchase contact lenses indefinitely from unregulated and un-policed foreign or domestic parties (including websites). This can lead to an unmanaged patient, and in certain cases, permanent loss of vision as a patient may not be properly monitored for proper use of contact lenses. Contact lenses are medical devices that need annual medical examination for their effects on the anterior segment of the eye. Specifically, contact lenses can affect the health of cornea and cornea limbus, which if detrimentally affected, can decrease best-corrected vision permanently. If unregulated, contact lenses could further cause eye health and vision problems in our population. Proper and regular doctor-to-patient education and evaluation can prevent lack of understanding that contact lenses are to be cared for as directed. The vast majority of the United States' population is already improperly caring for, improperly disposing of, and improperly wearing contact lenses. This bill is not in the best interest of the patient and patient's vision.